Brittney Cooper, Rutgers, Women’s and Gender Studies

Racial Justice and the Pleasures of Resistance: Toward New Theory, Genealogies, and Methods

The End of Respectability: Black Feminism and Ratchet Politics

Tuesday, March 10, 4pm, Elvehjem L160

We Can’t Breathe: Making Black Lives Matter in the 21st Century

Wednesday, March 11, 12:30pm, 8417 SOCIAL SCIENCE

Co-sponsored by the UW Gender and Women’s Studies Program, the Afro-American Studies Program, and the Young, Gifted, and Black Coalition.

A woman smiles broadly at the camera. Her short dark brown hair is worn in twists. She wears a fuchsia top and a black blazer that features a zipper. She wears large silver hoop earrings. She is positioned before a black background.BRITTNEY COOPER is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University in 2009. She also has an M.A. from Emory (2007) and bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from Howard University (2002). Professor Cooper is currently completing her first book Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition, 1892-Present. Her work focuses extensively in the area of Black women’s intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender politics in hip hop and popular culture. She has two forthcoming articles about hip hop feminism in Signs Journal of Women in Culture and Society and African American Review. Professor Cooper has also published book chapters on Black women’s history in fraternal orders and the Janet Jackson Superbowl incident. She is co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective blog, which was named a top feminist blog by New York Magazine in 2011 and a top race blog by in 2012. She writes for the CFC as “crunktastic.” More information on Professor Cooper is available on her website and the Freshspeakers website.